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Thursday, 26 May 2016


Hello, my post on the Artistic Outpost blog this week features those sweet kids from the Harvest set of rubber stamps.    For all the details, please pop over to the AO blog, and don't forget, you still have a few more days left if you want to enter the AO Show us Your Art challenge this month.
Thanks for popping in today, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Music Time at TioT

Hello and thanks for visiting,  today sees the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight it's ' I can hear Music', as usual, it's up to you what you create as long as you follow the theme.
I've used a piece of vintage music score paper, torn and  distressed with Vintage Photo DI,   and   matted onto black cardstock.  The sentiment is IndigoBlu, from the Music Hall set which  was stamped and heat embossed with Clear EP.  My Wildflower die cuts were cut from black and then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear EP a couple of times which gives an enameled look.

The rest of the Design team have some wonderful inspiration so please pop over to the main blog

That's all for now, have a great day,
Avril xx

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Life is Better with Ice Cream

Hello,  it's my turn to post over on the Artistic Outpost blog and I'm featuring the Ice Cream 
Shoppe  and Grunge Elements from the New Releases and if you would like to see what I used, please pop over to the AO Blog for all the details.
The May Show us your Art challenge still has a couple of weeks left to run, so why not check out the details and show us what you create with Artistic Outpost stamps.
Have a great day,
Avril xx

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Remember there's Spots, Dots and Blots at TioT

Hello, just a little reminder for the current challenge over at TioT and as you can see there's lots of blots on this page.  My little Colourful Journal has been a little neglected of late, so TioT's theme was the perfect prompt to do a page.                                                                                                           
I've used Yellow Brushos and some old Dylusions spray called Vanilla Custard, all stamping was done in Black Archival ink, the sentiment and butterfly were also heat embossed with Clear EP.
This really is the perfect challenge to have some messy inky fun, so why not join us.  You will find all the details here.                                                                                                                                           Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.                                                                                                      

Avril xx                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hmm...Quite Bright!

Hello and thanks for popping in,  I've just bought a couple of Wendy Vecchi stencils, so of course I had to have a little play, I've used Checkmate with  Rangers Transparent Gloss paste.  When dry I spritzed with Dylusions Dirty Martini, this is the first time I've used this - quite bright for me.
I let it soak into the card  in places and love how it's seeped under the embossing in places. I stamped some script with Frayed burlap DI before spritzing with Vintage photo and then when that was dry some Dylusions White Linen. The flowers were made with Tattered florals using a pink cardstock and then tinted with Aged mahogany DI.

I am entering this at:
  Mixed Media Mojo - Flowers
  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Flower Power
  The Sisterhood of Crafters - No Designer Papers
  Simon Says Work it Wednesday - Flowers

I'm off to do some blog visiting myself now, so thanks for visiting,
Avril xx

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Plant Seeds

Hello, it's my turn to post on the Artistic Outpost Blog and this time I'm featuring my handsome farmer boy from the Harvest set along with the Seed Packet background.
If you'd like to know more, please pop over to the AO blog for all the details and while you're there, you might want to browse through and see some fabulous inspirational pieces from the rest of the Design team.
There's also the  details of this months Show Us Your Art challenge where you have the chance to win a $15 online voucher to purchase Artistic Outpost rubber stamps.
Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it.
Avril xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Spots , splashes and Dots

Hello, it's time for another challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this time it's 'Spots, Splashes and Dots'
My flower, from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set was stamped onto water colour paper with black Archival ink and heat set with clear EP and coloured with Distress inks, I also used a very watery wash to shade the background.  The base layer is wrinkle free distress, some watery splashes and stenciled dots.  (My card looks very dark in the photo, but then I do think purple is hard to photograph.)
The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.

Thanks for your visit,
Avril xx